Wootton Talks Tinseltown Trailblazers: SIDNEY POITIER: Breaking Barriers

Wootton Talks Tinseltown Trailblazers: SIDNEY POITIER: Breaking Barriers

120 mins
Mon 6 Aug 5:15 PM
Roadshow Theatrette
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

General Admission

Celebrated as one of America’s greatest actors, Bahamian-born Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking performances, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, changed Hollywood forever.

He was the first black actor to win both an Oscar and Golden Globe, for Lilies of the Field (1963), and he became a top-grossing star with three 1967 films concerning race and race relations: In the Heat of the Night, To Sir, with Love and the infamous Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (opposite Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn). Poitier also directed several movies, including the high-grossing Stir Crazy (1980)

Wootton traces the remarkable life and career of Poitier, who is now more than 90 years of age and is venerated as an author, activist, diplomat and humanitarian – and was presented with the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.

Roadshow Theatrette

Entry via LaTrobe St, State Library Victoria
328 Swanston St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

The Village Roadshow Theatrette is a state-of-the-art, fully appointed fixed-seat theatrette.

Box Office

There is no Box Office at this venue, please pre-book your tickets.

Public Transport

Melbourne Central Train Station is located within Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, directly opposite the State Library on Swanston Street.
Tram stops are located outside the Library on both Swanston and La Trobe Streets.

Go to ptv.vic.gov.au for public transport information.

Physical Access

The Village Roadshow Theatrette is accessible to wheelchair users from entry 3 on La Trobe Street, past Mr Tulk.

To arrange a courtesy wheelchair to use within the Library, ask one of the security staff in the Library foyer. (Staff aren't available to push wheelchairs.)

Map of The State Library


Wheelchair Accessible Seating

There are four wheelchair spaces.


Accessible Toilet

There are separate male and female toilets for people with a disability:

  • behind the Keith Murdoch Gallery
  • in the locker area
  • beside the lifts at the rear of the Information Centre
  • next to the Journals & Magazines room on level 2a.


There are designated on-street Disabled Parking Bays available at the following locations:

Latrobe Street

Between Queen and Elizabeth

1 space, 2 hours


Between Swanston and Russell

3 spaces, 2 hours

Little Lonsdale Street   

Between Spencer and King

1 space, 4 hours


Between Queen and Elizabeth

1 space, 2 hours


Between Swanston and Russell    

2 spaces, 2 hours                

Swanston Street

Between Latrobe and Franklin

2 spaces, 2 hours

 There are three car parks for drivers with disability parking permits outside Mr Tulk. These parks have a two-hour limit.